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Tourists Spend Less in Costa Rica

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The number of tourists arriving in the country has increased, but now they spend less per day than they did in the boom years.

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Original Article Text From Nacion via google translate:

Costa Rica receives more tourists, but spend less

In accounting currency input still feeling the impact of the global financial crisis of 2008 and, more recently, which affects the European Union.

Although most foreigners come to stroll, visit relatives or do business, spending is not the same as five years ago. Now they are more cautious with their money.

Before the U.S. crisis. UU., Foreigners spent $ 94 more than last year (9%).

In 2008, 2.1 million visitors disbursed an average of $ 1,041 for 11 days of stay average, left the country a total of $ 2,100 million.

Last year, the number of foreigners rose to 2.3 million, but the average consumer 11 days dropped to $ 947. ‘s total foreign exchange amounted to $ 2,200 million.

If the average expenditure per person in 2012 had remained at $ 1041, as in 2008 – the year before foreign exchange earnings would have been approximately $ 2,400 million.

That is, have been higher by $ 200 million the amount that was ultimately perceived.

The dollars spent each year tourists are important to the economy mean 5% of GDP.

The information comes from a study by the Nation based on figures from the Central Bank (BCCR), the National Institute of Tourism (ICT) and the Directorate General of Immigration.

The average expenditure per person (GMP) is obtained by dividing the total amount of foreign exchange by the Central Bank calculated between total foreign arrivals.

That estimate disbursements weighted tourists entering by both land and air, by plane are 70% of the foreigners.

Liberia. Visitors arriving through the airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, are those paying fewer dollars now. Its use increased from $ 1,700 in 2008 to $ 1,078 in 2012 to an average stay of just over a week. In Liberia arrive, primarily U.S. passengers. UU. and Canada (94% of total).

In contrast, the average spending travelers Juan Santamaria is maintained in the range of $ 1,300.

The ICT, through community surveys, is responsible for determining the average tourist exit by way of entry.

In the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia, 1,500 interviews were conducted per semester and an equal amount, but a month, in the Juan Santamaria. The information collected provides a basis for estimates of Central Bank currency.

Reasons. spending contraction is a consequence of the economic crisis and not only happens in the local tourism industry, says Isabel Vargas, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur).

Vargas says that, as a business, lived this impact: visitors now care more silver.

“Before deciding on a tour value their price, also the hotels and to the food. I think that average $ 947 per stay will remain. So you have to continue to attract more foreigners to try to compensate for the low volume in the consumption of services, “says Vargas.

Indeed, since June 2010, the number of visitors has had a sustained upward semester between 3% and 9%, which helps to keep currency afloat.

For Allan Flores, Minister of Tourism, this growth makes the country is better than others: “Historically we are above the global rate of between 3% and 4%.”

The increase in visitation also the leading U.S. tourists coming. UU. and Canada.

Only 863,000 Americans in 2012 came by air, 91,000 more than in 2008. From Canada blew 35,000 more, exceeding 100,000 who arrived four years ago.

The European setback. Nevertheless, the Spanish economic jolt did that in 5 years the number of passengers from there down to 10,000.

In 2012, 40,000 Spanish flew here, in 2008, were 50,000.

In the Juan Santamaria Airport is felt clearly that reality: from January to September, the day of Iberia flight from Madrid comes with 6% fewer passengers, said Rafael Mencia, director of Aeris, the terminal operator.

After the nations of North America, Spain is the fourth important aviation market in the country (3% of total).

In Europe also come in fewer Britons. Last year 24,000 were admitted, 9,000 less than in 2008.

Despite the current predicament, half a million people work in tourism and the sector continues to invest, says Vargas.

“The indicators are not complete, nor willingly. Reality must be taken as an opportunity to further differentiate the offer and be more competitive; pinch ourselves to be better, “he concludes.

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